As a small child we were taught to say sorry…to apologize to others. This life lesson carries with us all throughout our life and into adulthood. But, have you ever stopped to think about how many times you say I’m sorry in a day or a week? Chances are it is more than you think. Stop! Now I’m not telling you to stop apologizing when you are truly in the wrong. If you hurt somebody or did something to someone that deserves an apology then certainly do it!
What I am talking about is all the apologies we make in a day that we shouldn’t. Stop saying I’m sorry for every little thing. Stop apologizing for simply being human, for being YOU. How many times have you showed up late to meet a friend and immediately said I’m sorry for being late? How many times have you acted silly when out doing something and then apologized for it because people stared? How many times have you said I’m sorry to a friend for talking too much? Stop! Stop apologizing for things that do not need an apology.
Instead of saying I’m sorry for being late why not thank the person waiting instead. Thank them for waiting for you and understanding.
Stop saying I’m sorry for acting silly and instead say thank you for letting me be me and accepting the silly things I do.
Don’t apologize for talking too much and instead say thank you for listening to me and realizing I needed someone to talk to.
We apologize entirely too much and for things no one should ever have to apologize for. Stop apologizing for simply being human and being you. One thing I have learned over the past year is to stop saying I’m sorry for something I am really not sorry for. I have found myself apologizing for things that others felt I should apologize for but truthfully I had no reason to. It took a long time for me to realize that I needed to just be unapologetically myself. You should never apologize for simply being you.
There was once a time where I felt like I had to apologize for certain things in my life or a certain way I did things or for the way I lived. But the truth is, you don’t have to apologize to anyone. There will always be people in the world who feel you should apologize for the things you do and who you are. Don’t fall into that trap. Apologize when necessary but never say I’m sorry to someone just because they think you should. There will always be people who don’t agree with you or have a certain opinion about you. Nothing will change that. There is a a quote that says “what other people think of me is none of my business” and that couldn’t be more true. The only opinion that matters is your own. As long as you are happy with yourself that is all that matters. Someone else’s opinion of you isn’t your business. What they choose to do and believe is on them, not you. So stop apologizing for being yourself. Stop saying sorry for having flaws and learn to say thank you to others for seeing your flaws and accepting them instead.
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